Tuesday, December 19, 2017
I Captain
Tiid (2017)
Crank this to 9.9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Sleep, Farflung, Ethereal Riffian
Just as the year is coming to a close and we have gathered our top 11 heavy albums of 2017, we are introduced to Finland’s I, Captain. After a few rotations we knew there was something special here, an album that needs to be added to our top 11. Something has to give; we cannot have 12 top alb...
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I Hear Sirens
Between Consciousness and Sleep (2013)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Tortoise, Jakob, Explosions in the Sky
The Post-rock genre is often beautiful and heartfelt feeding off emotion and dynamic contrasts. Salt Lake City's, I Hear Sirens, deliver a captivating piece of work in their third album Between Consciousness and Sleep. The five song EP is intelligent and well-balanced straying a bit from th...
Friday, October 11, 2013
I Love You
ST (1993)
Crank this to 10 of 11
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Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: , No One
One of the best camping albums of all time. I Love You’s 1991 self-titled album is like nothing you have ever heard.  To compare their sound to other bands is virtually impossible and to pick a best track, also like pulling teeth.
While released on a big label at Geffen Records, I...
Monday, July 17, 2017
Please Just Dance Death (2017)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Hardcore, Punk
Sounds Like: Indian Handcrafts, Dillinger Escape Plan, Refused
When it comes to the hardcore punk scene we yearn for something a bit different and genuine. The genre is loaded with so much talent flying under the radar. Welcome IEatHeatAttacks from Norway and their first full length entitled Please Just Dance Death. This album hit a nerve and has awake...
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Union (2019)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal, Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Dream Theatre, Voyager, Devin Townsend Project
Ihlo from London have released a very impressive debut album of new age progressive metal. Union is packed with traditional progressive metal influences, yet they throw in various styles from prog to pop rock and some electronics. Upon first rotation we were not sure what to make of this al...
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Ill Omen
The Grande Usurper (2018)
Turn this to 5.8 of 11
Genre: Black Metal
Sounds Like: Borknager, Behexen
Fresh from the bright landscapes of beautiful Australia, we welcome the dismal and bleak vision of Ill Omen. A packed 23 minutes of somewhat muddied black metal. Expansive harrowing tempos give rise to inconsistent vocal groans of pain. The album features quite a few moments of a bit over the top gr...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Stresser (1994)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: Jawbox, Chevelle, Toadies
Inch was a short-lived band from San Diego during the mid to late nineties, giving us three albums; Stresser, DOT Class C and This Will Fall On Dead Ears. During this time, bands such as Toadies and Jawbox were gaining headway, while Inch sat on the sidelines receiving alm...
Friday, November 22, 2013
Incoming Cerebral Overdrive
Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift (2012)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal, Sludge
Sounds Like: Iron Monkey, Cavity, Mastodon
Immense, chaotic, grueling and trippy are just a few words that describe the sound of Italy’s Incoming Cerebral Overdrive. If it sounds overwhelming; it sure is, but for the right reasons. Their previous two albums were typically a blend of sludge and speed metal with math rock undertones, ver...
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Stone Future Hyms (2016)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic, Doom
Sounds Like: Cough, Abrahma, Zoroaster
In recent weeks or perhaps it’s the sweltering hot summer, doom has taken a back seat around here (we tend to go through phases). This has now changed, Indica has invigorated our passion for doom. From Tamborine Mountain in Queensland, Australia welcome Indica with their impressive third relea...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Inhale Exhale
Bury Me Alive (2009)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Hardcore
Sounds Like: Oh Sleeper, Norma Jean
Good stuff from the post-hardcore, metal band Inhale Exhale from Canton, Ohio.  More Norma Jean then a straight-up street hardcore bands like Sick of It All.  Each song has great rhythm, pounding hardcore and intricate metal riffs along the lines of Norma or Vision of Disorder, but just wh...
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Ink And Dagger
ST (2000)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Punk, Hardcore
Sounds Like: The Suicide File, The Jesus Lizard, Drive Like Jehu
They fused punk and hardcore arguably better than any other band during the 90's.  Ink & Dagger were one of our obscure favorites spanning from 1995 - 2000. Their overall style and vibe features spiraling out of control imagery that feels tremendously raw and genuine. Sean Patrick McCabe pr...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
8342 (2018)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Post metal, Black Metal
Sounds Like: Harakiri For The Sky, Alcest, Ghost Bath
The black metal scene is off to a remarkable start in 2018. Inquinamentum from Leeds, UK have put forth an album that will ambush your senses with 8342. Your mind will be overloaded with the onslaught of desolate Post-metal arrangements coupled by progressive and swift black metal heaviness...
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Depressed Poltergeist (2019)
Crank this to 7.4 of 11
Genre: Dark ambiance
Sounds Like: Endura, Northaunt, Fudge Tunnel
Finland’s newer ominous underground label Järvenpäätön appears to be feeling its way thru very dark exploratory tunnels and production. We stumbled upon Insectghost from their page that features some very dark ambient landscapes. The genre is certainly not one we cover freq...
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Instruments of Torture
Redux (2017)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Hardcore
Sounds Like: Reveille, Unsane, Bloodlet
There is something to be said for a good heartfelt and concise use of the word "fuck". We have been longing for a band and album that bleeds authenticity in their anger and use of the word "fuck". Alas Instruments of Torture hailing from Bristol UK take us back to the 90s where polished well thought...
Friday, December 30, 2016
Into The Sun
Through Darkened Skies (2016)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: 7Zuma7, Beaver, Wrench
Welcome back 90s era stoner rock and all its glory. From London, the foursome known as Into The Sun has graced us with their debut EP Through Darkened Skies. If you were a fan of the above mentioned bands and love mid-to-late nineties stoner rock, than give Into The Sun a shot. Their music ...
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Vestiges I (2019)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Black Metal
Sounds Like: Ghost Bath, Agalloch, Harakiri For The Sky
This 16 minute EP will keep your attention and test the inner strength of your woofers. The brooding black metal sound of North Carolina natives Inristare is fucking impressive. The band has been quite prolific putting out six or so EPs and singles since 2016. Their crisp dark sound really paints so...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Valley of Smoke (2010)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Progressive metal
Sounds Like: Pelican, ISIS
Intronaut’s Valley of Smoke is a unique pleasure, it has something for everyone. It’s a difficult album to review because of the vast amounts of different musical influences used. One moment it has a prog-metal sound with heavy vocals, avalanches of guitars and towering rhythms,...
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Tower (2019)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Progressive, Metal
Sounds Like: Floor, Indian Handcrafts
Irata from North Carolina are becoming a staple in our heavy rotation. With three solid releases now under their belt, Tower feels like a natural progression of the band. While continuing with their signature progressive stoner/metal vibe, the foursome seem to be evolving. Prime example is ...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sol Eye Sea I (2009)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Atmospheric metal, Progressive
Sounds Like: Cult of Luna, ISIS, Pelican
Hailing very close to one of Rotation11’s locations, we would like to introduce you to Sharon Massachusetts’, Irepress. Call it post metal, intelligent rock, or progressive rock we are not all that certain. We are certain, however, that this is some of the most crafty hard rock musicians...
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Bread and Honey (2014)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Noise rock, Math Rock, Hardcore
Sounds Like: The Jesus Lizard, Fudge Tunnel, Ink and Dagger
We recently stumbled upon Irk a few weeks ago and man we were floored. The band from Leeds, UK had released a killer EP with Bread and Honey in 2014. We’re actually ashamed we never heard of these guys before, we take this shit seriously, so we must pick up our game. This EP contains ...
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Persian Blade (2018)
Turn this to 4.2 of 11
Genre: Metal
Sounds Like: Pentgram, Witchcraft, Saviours
Ironbird hailing from the UK have taken the classic metal influences of bands like Pentagram and fused them with the stoner likes of Saviours and Witchcraft. What we have here is a mixed bag of metal that sort of gets lost among our collection. We like and appreciate the homage to classic stoner met...
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Isle of Mars
Isle of Mars (2020)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Hard rock
Sounds Like: Graveyard, Atomic Rooster, Camel
Hailing from Germany, welcome Isles of Mars and their Self Titled debut. The threesome play a very homegrown style of classic hard 70s psychedelic rock. Upon first listen, the opening track “Psychopompos” really hooked us with their bluesy, Graveyard-like heaviness. The second cut is a m...